Bachmann ditches long-time staffer

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s former chief of staff, Andy Parrish, is looking for a job. Parrish told MPR News, “The congresswoman felt it was time for a new direction,” and that he, “didn’t fit into that plan anymore.”

Parrish served as Bachmann’s congressional chief of staff before moving to her presidential campaign. He had worked for Bachmann since her initial campaign for Congress in 2006. Parrish helped orchestrate her Iowa Straw Poll victory last summer. Parrish said despite his departure he considers Bachmann, “a close personal friend.”

Bachmann has a history of staff turnover.

She dropped out of the Republican presidential race in early January after a poor showing in the Iowa caucuses. Bachmann has said she will run for reelection to Congress this year. According to Federal Election Commission records, as of the end of 2011, Bachmann’s campaign committees were about $450,000 in debt.